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Buhari arrives New York, listed as 8th Speaker at UNGA

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York to join other world leaders for the one week 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level events starting on Tuesday.

The President was accompanied by Govs. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara, David Umahi of Ebonyi and Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo state.

He was received at the JF Kennedy Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama receives Buhari

The president was thereafter, welcomed at about 8:30 p.m. at his lodge by the Ministers of Solid Minerals Kayode Fayemi, Education, Adamu Adamu, and Industry, Trade and Investment counterpart, Okechukwu Enelamah.

The others were the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril; his Budget and National Planning counterpart Zainab Ahmed, presidential aides as well as members of staff of the Nigerian Missions in the U.S.

Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement on Tuesday, the first day of the general debate.

He has been listed as the eighth speaker of the 193 Head of States expected to address the General Debate of the General Assembly.

The theme for this year’s debate is ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’.

The president will also join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and hold a bilateral meeting with the UN chief.

Aside other high-level engagements, he will have a lunch meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, along with other world leaders.

Nigeria will also participate in high-level meetings on ‘Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change’, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organised by AU under its theme of the Year:‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend:From Commitment to Action’, among others.

It is expected that the president and members of his delegation will project Nigeria as a strong moral force and responsible member of the international community.

Nigeria’s commitment to global peace, security and development will also be reaffirmed, with the need for increased international cooperation in the fight corruption.

Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at 72nd UN General Assembly include strengthening human rights institutions, the rule of law, support for internally displaced persons arising from Boko Haram activities and recent flooding and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The Nigerian delegation is expected to also canvass the support of UN member states for the Buhari administration’s efforts towards combating illicit financial flows in order to foster sustainable development.

NAN

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Coalition of Treasury looters IPOB sponsors

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is being sponsored by a coalition of treasury looters and certain disgruntled elements to sabotage the Buhari Administration, under the guise of fighting for the rights of the people of the South-east.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this today in Lagos.

”Nigerians must understand that IPOB was not set up to fight for the right of anyone or group, but as a tool to destabilize the nation, divert attention from the efforts of the Buhari Administration and obliterate the laudable achievements of the Government,” the Minister told a press conference in Lagos on Sunday.

”IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the Politically Disgruntled and the Treasury Looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed wondered why the activities of IPOB became heightened with the advent of this Administration, saying: ”If this is coincidental, then that coincidence is uncanny, at the least. Remember that Nnamdi Kanu, who led a protest at the Nigeria House in London against Boko Haram insurgency and in support of Nigeria’s unity, under the Jonathan Administration, has suddenly metamorphosed into an IPOB monster who will rather set the nation ablaze.”

He said IPOB thrived on exploiting the nation’s fault lines, and that its modus operandi ”is to trigger conflagration nationwide through attacks and reprisals”.

”Thankfully, IPOB has failed in its evil machinations. The good people of Nigeria have seen beyond those cheap tactics and have avoided being incited against one another. We must remain vigilant and resolute. We must all say no to the incendiary and divisive tendencies of IPOB and its cohorts,” he said.

The Minister commended the Nigerian military for labelling IPOB a terrorist organization and for checkmating the group, and the South-east Governors for proscribing the organization.

”But for (the military’s) quick and decisive intervention, IPOB could have set the nation on fire. Thanks to the decisiveness of the military, today the Governors of the states in the South-east have wisely proscribed IPOB,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed accused IPOB of harvesting gory videos from the distant past and from other lands to deceive the international community that the people of the South-east are victims of state-sponsored ethno-sectarian violence, describing such tactics as ”lies and propaganda”.

”Such videos, which have very high emotive quotient, are circulating on the Social Media. We call on all to subject such videos to the greatest scrutiny so as not to be misled. In particular, we urge the international community not to jump to any conclusion on the basis of such videos,” he said.

The Minister also appealed to the media to show greater restraint and avoid sensationalism in their reporting of the military exercise, Operation Python Dance II, in the South-east.

NAN

Restructuring: Why Buhari directed agitations to NASS – Enang

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, said the president directed restructuring agitations to the legislature because of his belief in due process.

According to Enang, restructuring is a constitutional matter and the legislature deals with review of the Constitution and should therefore, handle any issue that calls for change of law.

Buhari had in his national broadcast on his return from medical leave in London said that the National Assembly and National Council of State were the legitimate and appropriate bodies to handle issues of restructuring.

The president directed all agitations to both bodies in line with statutory responsibilities they had.

Enang said at News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that because restructuring meant different things to different people and groups, and may require constitutional amendment, only the National Assembly could deal with it.

He said that the legislature needed to receive the demands on different aspects of restructuring, debate on them and come out with the best recommendations.
“That is why the president said `look, we are a government sworn in under the Constitution, anything you want done must necessarily be as required by the Constitution.

“`I cannot as chief executive, as head of government, do a thing that is different from what the Constitution says. I and have no power to amend the Constitution.

“`The person who has power to amend the Constitution is the legislature and they are handling the process.

“`Please whatever you want done I will do it so long as it will be done as approved by the legislature and it goes through the entire process that is needed by the Constitution to amend it.’

“That is why the president said that all agitations for restructuring should go to the legislature,’’ he said.

The presidential aide said while some people saw restructuring as removing control over land from the governors and vesting it to the Federal Government, some saw it demand for state police.

“The man somewhere will say I want to have state police and that is restructuring, and another one will say you cannot have state police.

“His thought is that if you have state police you will use it against your citizens and the interests of the Federal Government.

“He believes that you may not have the interest of the entire people because you are run by a political party and you will only use it in one way or the other to suit you.’’
Enang added that some people also viewed restructuring as allowing states to exploit their resources and pay tax to the Federal Government.

According to him, the man in South-South will say that the restructuring I want is resource control. I want to control my petroleum resources.

“The man in the North will say no, you cannot control it because it is federal resources taken from the ocean which belong to all of us.

“Some will say they can control it because we have solid minerals in the North that they can also control.

“But, some will say no, don’t control because if you do, I will control the food I produced and I will use it to deal and bargain.’’

Enang, however, advised people with specific demand to forward it to the national assembly.

On why the legislature dropped restructuring in spite of the serious agitations, he said that nobody knew the type of restructuring demand that was presented.

“To my knowledge, most of the people who are quarreling that the legislature did not approve restructuring may not know the level of restructuring that was presented to it.

“However, any bill that was rejected can be represented. So, let any person who wants restructuring present what aspect of restructuring they want to the national assembly,’’ Enang said,

Nnamdi Kanu dares Buhari, orders IPOB members to burn Nigeria to the ground if he is ever arrested (video)

Nnamdi Kanu dares Buhari, orders IPOB members to burn Nigeria to the ground if he is ever arrested (video): https://y25n4.app.goo.gl/?link=https://www.naij.com/1123498-i-break-zoo-pieces-nnamdi-kanu.html&apn=com.naij.android&ibi=com.tutby.news.nigeria&isi=830240306&ius=naij.ios

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